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December 11, 1897

A Water Company Sued.

JAMA. 1897;XXIX(24):1231. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440500045015

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Abstract

Milwaukee, Wis., Dec. 4, 1897.

To the Editor:  —Some years ago there was an epidemic of typhoid fever at Ashland, in this State. The water-supply was furnished by a company, and it was believed that the epidemic was due to the contaminated water taken from Chequamegon Bay. The water company extended its pipes, and later put in a filtration system, which has resulted in giving pure water. In the meantime a Mrs. Green sued the company for the death of her husband, and claimed damages amounting to $5,000. This case was recently tried at Stevens Point, the case being taken from Ashland on a change of venue; much expert evidence was produced on both sides, and the jury decided in favor of the plaintiff, giving her $5,000 damages. This was done in spite of the fact that the only evidence produced that the man died of typhoid fever was the

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